Born and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia, Ashley McMillen is a country-inspired singer-songwriter known for her “extraordinary vocals and powerful songwriting¹.” Ashley was most recently described by Rapunzel's Coffee and Books as "one of the most intriguing new artists to cross our stage–a veritable country music legend in the making."
In the Spring of 2011, Ashley made a lasting impression when she performed her song, “Momma,” at the C’ville Songwriter’s Circle, then quickly became connected with Charlottesville’s mind-blowing music scene. Since then, Ashley performs her original music in the Charlottesville area and is currently promoting her debut EP, “Now I Know,” all with the help and support of her friends/bandmates Bahlmann Abbot, Rusty Speidel, and Stuart Gunter. “Now I Know,” was released on January 27, 2011 at The Southern in Charlottesville, VA.
Ashley has performed in front of crowds into the thousands and her audience has ranged from county fairs to coffee shops, indie record labels to stage performances at Disneyworld. Ashley’s energy and inviting personality shines on stage, as does her love for music and sharing her story through songwriting. Her first radio play, “You Don’t Need a Man,” occurred in October of this year, thanks to Aer Stephens and WTJU, Charlottesville, VA. That same month, Ashley placed in the 2011 Songwriter’s Competition at Rapunzel’s Coffee and Books for her song, “Now I Know.”
Ashley’s start with music began at age 8 when she convinced her parents to rent a violin so that she could play in the school orchestra. She played the violin for years and sang at church, family functions, and vocal competitions. As a teen, she found her mother’s Epiphone buried in a closet, covered in dust, and taught herself guitar. Years later, Ashley wrote her first song, “A Dream,” driving to school one winter evening. The song was scribbled on a paper napkin, a trend that Ashley continues to follow to this day.
¹Rapunzel’s Coffee and Books, Lovingston, VA